How to have Hope
Hope is the expectation or belief that things will be better in the future. In Christ the future and indeed the present is bright indeed. Now the problem is what is called sin and this sin is what removes us from hope and that bright future. Sin is basically anything that breaks relationship, most specifically with God. According to Scripture everyone has sinned and has broken that relationship. We each one have removed ourselves from a perfect relationship with God. This is where we lost our hope. To have hope we must return to that relationship. The problem is WE can't. This is why Jesus died on the cross. He died to repair our relationship with Him and God. How do we accept His gift? 1) recognize and accept that we removed ourselves from the relationship and that we are unable to fix it. 2) believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the only way to repair our relationship. 3) accept His gift of forgiveness. 4) tell someone what you have done. I recommend that you find and attend a Bible believing church, to grow in your relationship with God.
When I was in my early twenties I was invited to the newly- formed Beacon Hill Baptist Church, by my big sister June. I had not ever been exposed to the Gospel nor owned a Bible until a few years earlier. I had bought a Bible from a door to door salesman because I had heard “Every house ought to have a Bible.” I hadn’t used it. I continued to go to the church. It seemed Southern Baptist Churches healed study courses periodically as the very young new pastor; Bill Robinson followed all the rules. I attended the study course “What Baptist’s Believe” taught by another new young preacher, Austin Hunt even more to follow Baptist traditions. On the last night of the week- long study and the first time anyone knew of, he gave an invitation for anyone wanting to accept Jesus as their Savior. It was meant just for me and my husband Harold. We were the only ones accepting the Lord. I have been going regularly to that church for well over sixty years and have been blessed by every year of it.